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So close for Clinton

Sun 18 October 2015, 11:17|Tottenham Hotspur

Clinton Njie took his hat off to Simon Mignolet after the Liverpool stopper denied him his first goal in a Spurs shirt, but maintained a positive outlook going into our next few games.

The Cameroon international was introduced as an early substitute for the injured Nacer Chadli in Saturday’s goalless draw with the Reds at White Hart Lane and went close to opening the scoring in the first half with a sweetly-struck shot across goal with the outside of his right boot.

Unfortunately he saw his effort palmed away by the visitors’ goalkeeper in one of a handful of key interventions made by the Belgian international.

Clinton acknowledged the efforts of Mignolet as key to the final outcome, but insisted he remains optimistic for our trips to Anderlecht and Bournemouth next week after another solid team performance.

“I think first of all we had a good match,” he said.

“When we started the match we wanted to control the game and try to know how they were going to play but, after a difficult start, we came to our game and we went on to play well.

“I think the Liverpool keeper did a great job and today we lost two points, but now we’re going to work for the coming matches where we’re going to do better and try to get the three points.”

Named on the bench at the start of the day, Clinton was called into action against the Reds after only 11 minutes following Nacer’s injury.

The 22-year-old admitted it can sometimes be difficult to enter the fray early in the game, but was happy to get an opportunity to get some more minutes under his belt.

“It’s not that easy,” he added. “We waited for the match with our plan but sometimes an injury happens. It’s always good to come into the match, but now we are looking forward to the coming games.”